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by Liu Zhen in South China Morning Post, Aug 1, 2017
China’s military has increased its global visibility and transparency in the past four years under President Xi Jinping, showcasing its military prowess with newfound confidence, but Beijing’s aggressive postures in territorial disputes with neighbours have offset some of the trust gained by such defence diplomacy.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has established a global footprint in recent years, with its navy crossing every ocean and peacekeepers deployed to faraway continents.
Three PLA Navy vessels – the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, guided-missile frigate Jingzhou …

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by Mimi Lau in South China Morning Post, July 31, 2017 at 10:59pm
China’s government work safety chief – who previously served under the jailed ex-national security tsar Zhou Yongkang – has been sacked and formally demoted.
Yang Huanning was fired from his role at the State Administration of Work Safety after the Communist Party’s anti-corruption commission completed an investigation into his affairs, the agency said in a statement on Monday. He has also been placed on probation for two years within the party while serving at a lower rank.
Yuan’s previous roles …

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by Grace Zhu in The Wall St Journal, Updated July 30, 2017 11:52 p.m. ET
BEIJING—A gauge of China’s manufacturing activity fell more than expected in July, offering a sign of an anticipated slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy after a strong start to the year.
China’s official manufacturing purchasing-managers’ index fell to 51.4 in July from 51.7 in June, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. The July reading fell below a median forecast of 51.6 from a Wall Street Journal poll of economists, but still …

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by Moinul Hoque Chowdhury in bdnews24.com, July 29, 2017 at 10:46 BdST
Several Islamist parties that defected from the BNP-led alliance after the 10th parliamentary election are forming a new coalition with the Awami League, a move considered to add a new dimension to the count of votes in the next polls.
The initiators of the new alliance wish to take part in the next election, scheduled to be held in one and a half years, aligned with the ruling party’s boat symbol through negotiation.
Lawyer Nurul Islam Khan, the chief of the …

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Report in The daily star, Aug 1, 2017
Most civil society members during talks with the Election Commission yesterday spoke for restoring “no vote” system and ensuring a level-playing field for all political parties to hold the next election in a free, fair and participatory manner.
They also suggested army be deployed alongside regular law enforcers during the polls, due in January 2019, to remove fear among voters, candidates and election officials.
Most of the participants disagreed with the chief election commissioner’s recent remarks that the EC had nothing to do if activities …

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Report in The Daily Star, Aug 1, 2017
The cabinet yesterday gave its final approval to a draft law on increasing the service tenure of the chiefs of army, navy and the air force to four years.
Traditionally, the chiefs of the three forces are appointed for three years. In some cases, their service time is extended.
As per the proposed “Defence Forces Chiefs (appointment, retirement and salary and allowances) Act-2017”, their service tenure will be four years with no provision for reappointment.
The draft law was approved at the cabinet’s weekly meeting at …